We are taking the Valentine’s Day love outdoors today. I’ve had a bag of birdseed sitting on the kitchen counter for a few weeks now. We had fun making and filling our little pumpkin bird feeders, but I have been wanting to make a cookie cutter bird feeder for a while now. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I thought what better time to share some love with our over-wintering birds. This recipe is super simple to make and the kids were amazed when it all came together…they had their doubts. How to make a cookie cutter bird feeder

Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder

2 envelopes of gelatine
2 cups water
3 cups birdseed
heart shaped cookie cutters
parchment paper lined baking sheet

Place heart shaped cookie cutters onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet – set aside.cookie cutter bird feeder ingredients

Dissolve gelatine in a pot of simmering water. Stir until completely dissolved.

Pour gelatine water into a large bowl with the birdseed. Stir until the birdseed is completely coated and wet. You may need to add a little more birdseed, depending on how absorbent your birdseed blend is. * Make sure you use birdseed that is appropriate for outdoor birds that live in your area*

Use a small spoon to scoop the birdseed into the cookie cutters. Be sure to press the birdseed firmly into the cookie cutter, so there won’t be any air spaces.cookie cutter bird feeder in cookie cutters

Poke a hole in the birdseed cookie with the toothpick – this hole is where the string will go.

cookie cutter bird feeder out of cookie cutterLeave the birdseed cookies to dry for a few hours, then turn them over and let them dry for a few more hours. Preferably overnight.cookie cutter bird feed string in

Once dried, gently slide the birdseed cookie out of the cookie cutter and feed the string through the hole. I used a large cross stitch needle to feed the string through…feel free to simply poke the string through.

cookie cutter bird feeder in treeHang the birdseed cookie outside in a tree or bush in your yard. Alternately, take the birdseed cookies to your local park or school yard and hang them for other birds to enjoy.

cookie cutter bird feeder collage

If you loved this post, you might like our other homemade bird feeder ideas…

homemade bird feeder hanging in the treeUse a little pumpkin to make a bird feeder

gourd bird feeder 3Dry a gourd and transform it into a bird feeder


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